Saturn squares Uranus for the first of three times this year and the first pass of this powerful transit is exact on February 17th.
Saturn square Uranus is one of the 10 major aspects that bring about broad and unexpected change on the world stage and often our own lives. A square between two planets represents change, but it is often not easy. Unprecedented changes are already occurring across the world as a result of this transit. For example, there is major unrest in Russia, Hong Kong, and the impeachment trial in the US Senate to name only a few current issues.
We last experienced this transit in 2000. At that time Saturn was in the sign of Taurus and Uranus was in Aquarius, just the opposite of what we have today with Saturn in Aquarius and Uranus in Taurus.
Saturn in astrology rules our structures and Uranus is the planet of sudden and unpredictable events. The Saturn archetype represents true reality and is associated with security, restrictions, the law, organization, control and government. It represents the State and its legal system and all conservative bodies. It also represents authority, tradition and time.
The Uranus archetype represents the need for change and freedom, originality and independence to go about things differently. It stimulates innovation, brilliance and genius. It is associated with coups, earthquakes, aircraft and spacecraft and is considered disruptive in a hard aspect, which it is.
When Saturn and Uranus clash it becomes an inevitable collision between the new and the old and change or disruption becomes unavoidable. The dates listed below represent the peak periods of this aspect. We can expect to see the energies playing out in the days and weeks before the peak occurs, as well as afterward.
Saturn makes three squares to Uranus this year:
-February 17th -June 15th -December 24th
What happens when Saturn squares Uranus
When these two planets clash, the results are hard to predict with Uranus in the picture, and Saturn is often associated with fear and negativity. Some fears should be acknowledged. For example if a volatile storm is approaching your area it is time to lock down or get out. Some fears need attention, but at other times we can dwell on useless fears that are a manifestation of our inner conversations with ourselves, past experiences and general negativity. During these times it is more important than ever to check the facts and make sure you are not being misled by fear mongers and those whose purpose is to create disharmony. With an aspect like this stress and anxiety can take over and the most important thing to do during this time is to stay grounded and be flexible.
Saturn-Uranus and the world stage
Saturn-Uranus transits are associated financial downturns, and we are currently in a Covid recession. This ttransit is connected to tyranny, right wing extremism, protests, revolutions and civil unrest. It is possible we could see some type of disruption by groups the FBI has designated as domestic terror threats, or there could be other groups as well. Politics will play a major role in what happens at this time in the US with Saturn-Uranus.
We are also at risk this year of significant internet/computer hacks such as the one that occurred in December 2020, airplane crashes, weather and earth changes and unfortunately, violence and disruption as well as brilliance, brilliant ideas and cutting edge types of technology and inventions. As Uranus rules freedom there will be a global push for more social reform and freedom around the world. We could also see change in terms of the internet and rules or governance of it.
The influence of major aspects trickles down to us all
In our own lives we may experience personal changes as this transit peaks for the first time in February. What exactly happens depends on where Aquarius and Taurus fall in your personal chart. Some of the manifestations of this transit may include: Job and work changes that happen suddenly, breakups of relationships that are not committed or stable, and desire for greater freedom from anything you find repressive. Changes in finances can occur, or losses. Now is the time to keep an eye on your money and investments. Sometimes issues and situations we have been putting up for years suddenly end. If this happens know that whatever ended has outlived its purpose and new experiences will shortly follow.
At times transits like this it can coincide with major projects and events coming together that we have been working on for some time. Either way, with Uranus in the picture there can be an unexpected element to what we experience at this time.
The Uranus-Saturn square of 1999-2020
The last time Saturn was in a square with Uranus was 1999- 2000. The aspects occurred in July and November of 1999 and May of 2020. If you are old enough to remember these times you may have an idea what to expect this time around.
During those years euro currency was established and the European Central Bank assumed its full powers, President Clinton was impeached acquitted by the Senate, the Roth IRA is introduced, the Kosovo war occurred, Bill Gates personal fortune exceeded 100 billion, the Columbine school massacre occurred, Dow Jones exceeded 11,000 for the first time and a major flood happened in Las Vegas, In 2000, the dot com industry collapsed, AOL purchased Time-Warner, Ealian Gonzales was returned to his parent in Cuba after being rescued by the Coast Guard, Microsoft released Windows 2000, the courts ruled Microsoft violated anti-trust laws and Vermont legalized same sex civil unions. George Bush was nominated for the Presidential race along with Al Gore, Bill Clinton became the first US President to visit Vietnam, the Supreme Court overturned the ruling by the Florida Supreme Court, ending the Presidential recount and effectively giving the state and the Presidency, to Texas Governor George W. Bush in 2000 after a retracted period. Do you remember Y2K? The computers were supposed to crash leaving us in darkness, and there were people who hoarded food for months in preparation of this. These are just a few of the incidents that occurred the last time Saturn squared Uranus.
We also experienced a Saturn-Uranus square 1929-1931, and this of course represents the Great Depression. Uranus was in Taurus at this time as it is today.
Changes may or may not be dramatic in our lives
As mentioned earlier this powerful transit affects us all as we all live on Earth. Those affected to the greater degree will have Fixed planets-Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius at 6-7, 12-14, or 10-11 degrees in their personal charts. If you are unsure how this affects you it is best to consult a reputable astrologer, or you could look it up on one of the free astrology sites online. You could also be affected to a greater degree if there is another hard aspect in your chart at this time.
Take charge of the energy
If this transit does aspect something in your chart you are probably already aware of impending change. The best way to handle this energy is to look toward positive changes in the future as opposed to the negative. For example, if you work in a job that you know is ending focus on a new opportunity. If a break up occurs in your personal life, the relationship has in all likelihood has outlived its purpose, at least for the time. Review the negative and the positive and focus on improving yourself or what you could do to find a more lasting and appropriate relationship in the future. In this way, we can make this transit less stressful. Focus your energy on something positive and productive that you want to change. In this way you can control your own personal direction to a far greater degree than if you don’t. Most of all, remember to stay grounded and keep your feet planted firmly in reality.